First up: the Eiffel Tower was originally supposed to be merely temporary. And, sure, according to Hollywood, it's only a matter of time before it's destroyed by an asteroid/nanobots/the ravages of time, but despite all that, it's become one of the most enduring, recognizable, and iconic structures in the world. Here are a few more things you probably didn't know...
1. It's not the tallest structure in France
When it opened in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was almost double the height of the world’s previous tallest structure. And sure, at 986ft tall, the Eiffel Tower beats out many buildings, in France and elsewhere around the world today... but in France, it gets beat out by a lot of radio masts, putting it in the No. 9 spot for tallest French structure.
2. It was supposed to be in Barcelona
Yep, Gustave Eiffel originally pitched the idea to the Spanish, hoping to get it built for the Universal Expo in 1888. They turned it down, explaining that it was “too expensive and strange.”